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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-27-2007, 04:16 AM Thread Starter
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New Planted 2.5 Nano

Hello, I have recently decided on setting up a 2.5 gallon planted nano aquarium. Stats that I have decided on so far:

Lighting: I am not very sure, although I want it to be high lighting. (Any recommendations as to the wattage, and where to buy?)

Filtration: Top Fin Power Filter 10

CO2: DIY CO2 - I think this would work in for the tank... correct me if I'm wrong.

Substrate: ADA Aquasoil: Amazonia II (3 Liters)

Plants: Glosso, Dwarf Hairgrass, Riccia

Livestock: Some species of shrimp; Tiger or RCS. (would they fit in a 2.5 gal?)

Other Decor: I am considering purchasing a rock or two from ADA.

Ferts: Not exactly sure, maybe flourish.

I'd appreciate comments. I am not exactly sure what type of CO2/lighting I should use, any advice would be appreciated.

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OK, as far as lighting goes, I'd highly recomend the $20 27watt Home Depot desk lamp. It's inexpensive, efficiant, bright, easy to settup/use, easy to procure, and even stylish... What more could you wnat?

You can use it as-is, as seen here on Nano nano's new nano (yeah, that's a lot of "n"s):


Or you could get the lamp, then promply gut it and make it into a retrofit for a custom hood (with a little extra work and a few extra parts), like I've done:


For carbon suplementation, you have the option of ADA mini CO2 ssytem (beautiful and functional, but too rich for my budget), DIY yeast system (too mesy, unpredictable, and high maintenance in my experience), a DIY paintball cylinder system (too much work and cost to justify, IMHO), or you could skip CO2 altogether, and go with Sea Chem Fluorish excel (easiest, most cost effective method of carbon supplementation for a nano IMHO). Just some ideas.

Oh, and may I suggest you consider a mini canister filter instead of the HOB? I recently got the ZooMed 501 mini canister, and love it. There's also the TOM Rapids Mini Canister, but I've heard a few complaints - no personal experience with it. Your call.

Well, that's my two cents (plus tip).

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-28-2007, 07:11 AM
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Hello, I have recently decided on setting up a 2.5 gallon planted nano aquarium. Stats that I have decided on so far:

Lighting: I am not very sure, although I want it to be high lighting. (Any recommendations as to the wattage, and where to buy?)

Filtration: Top Fin Power Filter 10

CO2: DIY CO2 - I think this would work in for the tank... correct me if I'm wrong.

Substrate: ADA Aquasoil: Amazonia II (3 Liters)

Plants: Glosso, Dwarf Hairgrass, Riccia

Livestock: Some species of shrimp; Tiger or RCS. (would they fit in a 2.5 gal?)

Other Decor: I am considering purchasing a rock or two from ADA.

Ferts: Not exactly sure, maybe flourish.

I'd appreciate comments. I am not exactly sure what type of CO2/lighting I should use, any advice would be appreciated.
Lighting: http://www.geocities.com/jhoetzl/tan...mini/index.htm

Filtration: That's fine. Or a Tom's mini rapid canister...ZooMed 501.

Everything else is fine.
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Lizard, thank you for the great response. Actually,I came across a nice 25 watt fixture that Aqua Trader carries: http://www.aquatraders.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=259

Also, I have decided on Eco Complete as my substrate.
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Just to warn you that I've had very poor service from Aquatraders.com. I bought the same fixture for my 2.5 and it just stopped working after a couple of weeks. It then took phone calls, emails, etc. for over a week to receive a return authorization. I then had to pay for shipping (must be in all original packaging) and after another week of phone calls and emails, they simply decided to refund my money (NOT including shipping) rather than replacing the fixture - I had no choice in the matter. Unfortunately, I had customized a plexiglass brace on my tank made specifically for that fixture. Also - your only choices with this fixture are a 50/50 reef bulb or a 12,000K.
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